Performing Arts

What is a supplementary degree (Erweiterungsfach) for teaching degree programmes (Lehramt)?

Performing Arts is not a stand-alone degree programme, it is a supplementary programme for teaching degree programmes (for Grundschule, Mittelschule, Realschule and Gymnasium). This means that it is only open to students of teaching degree programmes (Lehramt) as a third subject in addition to their other two chosen subjects. Detailed information about supplementary programmes is available on our information page for teaching degree programmes.

What is the supplementary programme about?

Over the course of four semesters you will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to teach drama as a school subject.

Due to the emergence of new teaching concepts including methods such as open learning and project work, drama is an important part of education today. It is also an important part of school culture and educational development as it stimulates creative processes and contributes to a comprehensive education. As a form of learning and expression, drama creates the conditions for subjectivity to develop and for social skills to be practised.

What can I do with this qualification

Performing arts or drama is an optional school subject at certain schools (Gymnasium) in Bavaria. There are various optional courses in drama for pupils at these schools and in some cases it is a compulsory part of the curriculum. There are also many drama clubs and optional courses at all types of schools in Germany.

Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU

FAU is one of only five universities in Germany that offers performing arts as a subject for future teachers. FAU's Performing Arts supplementary programme has a practical orientation, links practice closely with theory and is open to future teachers for all school types. It has close connections with the research carried out at the Institute of Education and the Institute of Theatre and Media Studies, as well as with regional and national educational institutions and associations.


Performing Arts is run by the Department of Education in collaboration with Theatre and Media Studies. There are only 20 places on the programme and it can only be started in the winter semester.

The programme lasts four semester and covers the following areas:

Teaching performing arts

  • introduction to teaching performing arts and drama at school
  • performing arts as an educational medium
  • seminar to prepare for the State Examination (teaching performing arts)

Drama theory

  • seminar on theory
  • presentation theories
  • seminar to prepare for the State Examination (drama theory)

Practical foundations

  • the body and movement, actors and fellow actors
  • actor – role – character
  • text – language – speaking
  • space and time

Theatre project

  • the use of light, sound and media (stage technology)
  • choosing plays, allocating roles, dramaturgy
  • choosing a stage, costuming, props, media
  • from rehearsals to performance

Reception and analysis

  • basic seminar on analysis
  • evaluation of dramatic processes, performance analysis
  • excursion to the Bavarian conference for drama as a school subject with performance analyses and workshops

Teaching placement

  • The teaching placement can be completed at a school or at another location such as a theatre or independent drama group.
Admission requirements and application procedure

The Performing Arts supplementary programme is open to all students of teaching degree programmes and qualified teachers. No previous experience of drama is required.

Written applications must be submitted to the Institute of Education by the 15 July for the following winter semester and must include the application form and the following documents:

  • curriculum vitae
  • copies of certificates (copies do not need to be certified)
  • rehearsal plan or a written reflection on an issue related to rehearsals with pupils (maximum of 2 pages)
  • written reflection on a practical piece of work or a general issue related to performing arts education or theatre aesthetics (maximum of 2 pages)
  • if applicable, details of any theatre-related projects that you have planned or carried out
  • if applicable, details of any additional training in performing arts education or work experience in a theatre environment

Whether or not applicants are admitted is not based on the amount of previous experience. Applicants with no theatre-related experience may also be accepted.

The application form and further information about the application documents required are available at

Degree program start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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Degree type: State Examination, Supplementary teaching programme
Type of study: Supplementary teaching programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology